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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces. 

Columns by Leonie Barrie


just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

Women represent 85-90% of the apparel workforceWhy now is the time to empower women workers in Ethiopia 18 May 2017

As international apparel brands and retailers eye Ethiopia’s potential as a global sourcing hub, research is also underway to look at the best ways to ensure the new jobs created empower women workers.

Textiles and clothing account for 61.9% of Sri Lanka's total exports to the European Union (EU)Sri Lanka regains EU duty-free trade concession 16 May 2017

The European Union (EU) will this week reinstate Sri Lanka’s GSP+ duty-free trade concession, in a move that mainly benefits the country’s leading garment export industry.

Lighthizer confirmed as US trade representative 12 May 2017

The US Senate has confirmed Robert Lighthizer as the next US trade representative, in a move that could lead the Trump administration to advance protectionist shifts in its trade policies, such as renegotiating NAFTA.

US clothing retail sales slip in April 12 May 2017

US retail sales in April rebounded from two sluggish months – but clothing was one of just a few categories not to see any pickup in spending as shoppers continued to stay away from malls and online competition intensified.

Ethiopia's aim is to build a vertical supply chain from cotton fields to garment factoriesTPP demise helps propel fabric mills to Ethiopia 8 May 2017

Textile investment is pouring into Ethiopia, helped by the shared vision of brands, manufacturers and fabric mills, government support, preferential trade deals, investments in infrastructure, low costs – and an unexpected windfall from the end of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The Hawassa Industrial Park is the largest specialised textile and apparel park in Ethiopia – if not AfricaHow Ethiopia's flagship textile and apparel park is taking shape 5 May 2017

The Hawassa Industrial Park (HIP) – the flagship facility in the government's vision to grow Ethiopia into a world-leading production hub and a blueprint for similar parks across the country – is taking shape, as just-style's managing editor Leonie Barrie found on a recent visit.

Ranjan Mahtani, Epic Group chairman and CEO, and Dr Arkebe Oqubay, special advisor to the Ethiopian Prime Minister, with some of the first garments produced at the Hawassa Industrial ParkAn Epic milestone for apparel made in Ethiopia 4 May 2017

The scale of Ethiopia's ambition to become a world-leading apparel and textile hub is epitomised by the flagship Hawassa Industrial Park, where 60,000 jobs and US$1bn in exports are targeted by the end of next year. In the latest milestone taking it closer to this goal, Hong Kong based Epic Group has completed its first commercial garment shipment to US retailer The Children's Place.

Dr Arkebe Oqubay is the visionary leader driving Ethiopia's textile and apparel growth strategyEthiopia sets its sights on $30bn apparel exports 3 May 2017

Ethiopia is raising the bar on its garment and textile ambitions, targeting exports worth $30bn by 2025: a huge goal for a country whose annual shipments currently sit at just $115m. Speaking for the first time about the plans, Dr Arkebe Oqubay, a minister and special advisor to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, shares with just-style the "bold vision" he believes will transform this East African nation into a compelling new sourcing hub for brands, retailers and their suppliers.

M&S extends sourcing deal with Lindsey brothers 26 April 2017

British retailer Marks & Spencer has agreed a new contract with the two sourcing directors who have been responsible for overhauling the group's clothing supply chain.

VF Corp owns 24 manufacturing sites, including this facility in MexicoWhere does VF's supply chain sit in new growth strategy? 13 April 2017

VF Corp’s latest five-year growth plan sets out the company’s goals to 2021, including a ramped-up focus on its top-performing Vans, Timberland and The North Face brands. Underpinning its plans, the company notes, is a rapidly changing marketplace – and the pivotal role played by its supply chain.

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